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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Aug 9, 2010 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I have a hole in my heart today.....

Very true. What he accomplished motivates me in ways I'm rarely even conscious of. I would be a completely different person without him, I know that much - I feel like there are few other forces in this world that could have taught me how to be truly open, and how to reflect on my own thought processes. His music was just so bare and exposed and honest, not hidden behind overdrive effects or what-have-you. His mistakes are audible when they occur, and his own reactions to them are also completely obvious. His ability to simultaneously create and respond to what he created in an honest way is a lesson I really took to heart.

It takes a lot of bravery, in life, to step out into the wild and say what you have to say, all the time knowing that it probably won't come out exactly (or even nearly) as you intended it to. That's exactly what Garcia did, even in his darkest moments, and I value the music not only for the obvious pleasures it brings but the Approach as a whole. It rises above music and becomes a really profound, life-altering event.

I feel real lucky to have caught on to this thing while I'm still so young. I feel like I've acquired a good amount of understanding (at first I wrote "truth", but that's not quite right) that I might not have picked up on otherwise. So even while I experience this bitter sadness, I will never forget that while the sadness is very real, it is only a reflection of a much bigger Good-ness that existed, and still exists, and will stay with me forever.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I have a hole in my heart today.....

Really wonderful, insightful thoughts, Midnight. Thanks for sharing them ...